Celebrating Independence Day!

Colchester Middle School music teacher Emily Desautels will conduct the Colchester Community Band in the forty-fourth annual Colchester Independence Day Parade on Thursday, July 4—and everyone is invited!

In addition to the exceptional musicianship within Colchester School District, alumni and citizens of all ages participate in the community band, which is directed by Colchester High School band teacher Evan Peltier. It offers free performances for the Colchester community throughout the summer season (click here to view a video clip of a performance at the Colchester Farmers’ Market last summer).

The community band has been rehearsing traditional Sousa marches for the parade for several weeks, and more participants are still needed and welcomed! This year’s band will perform from a flatbed truck (which will also bring participants back to the starting point at the parade’s conclusion), so marching is not required. (To participate, please arrive with an instrument at Colchester Middle School on Monday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m. Rehearsal will be held in the band room and will run until 8:30 p.m. Stands, chairs, and music will be provided.) For more information about the community band, please e-mail colchesterconcertband@gmail.com or call (802) 734-2686.

Participants in the community band are requested to wear red, white, and/or blue and arrive at 10:30 a.m. on July 4 at Creek Farm Plaza. It is recommended that participants also bring water, sunscreen, and sunglasses and/or hats.

Anyone interested in supporting the Colchester Community Food Shelf can donate items at boxes located at Colchester Creek Plaza, Burnham Memorial Library, and the Colchester Community Food Shelf—which will be open to welcome visitors—located at the old fire station next door to Claussen’s Florist and Greenhouse.

The parade will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 4 at Creek Farm Plaza and will proceed down Main Street, finishing at Burnham Memorial Library. The parade is expected to last approximately one hour.

Important note: Because of unusually high water levels this year, the fireworks will be launched from Bayside Softball Field; spectator seating will be available at Colchester High School’s practice fields and at Upper Bayside Park. Accordingly, the Town of Colchester’s Parks and Recreation Department admonishes that it may be difficult to obtain an optimal view of the fireworks from boats. For questions relating to the parade and the fireworks, please contact Glen Cuttitta at gcuttitta@colchestervt.gov or call (802) 264-5641.

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